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Tennis Teams Wrap Up Stellar Season as the Campus Prepares to Host the Division III National Championships

Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 on the court

Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 on the court

Tennis is wrapping up a stellar season for both the men’s and women’s teams. Both teams are currently ranked seventh in the nation for NCAA Division III and three students will be competing in the national championships, which will be held at Pomona’s Pauley Tennis Complex (individuals and doubles) and Claremont McKenna’s Biszantz Family Tennis Center (teams) from May 24 through May 29.

“It is an honor to host because we have the unique opportunity to showcase our facilities, campus and incredible location,” says Men’s Tennis Coach Ben Belletto. “It is also an honor because there has never been a joint championship (men and women) and we are thrilled to be blazing the path.”

Last summer, the Pauley Tennis Complex underwent extensive renovations, including new nets, posts, fencing, benches, resurfacing and state-of-the-art lighting that now allows night-time practices and matches on all courts. Belletto says the renovations didn’t play a role in the facility being selected for the championships, but that they “certainly enable our facility to stand alone as one of the best in the country.” The last time Pomona-Pitzer hosted the championships was in 1999.

In the NCAA west regionals last week, the women’s team advanced to the third round but fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-2. The women completed the season with an overall record of 17-4. The men advanced to the second round, falling to fourth-ranked UC Santa Cruz 5-0. The men concluded the season with an overall record of 17-6. This is the first NCAA Championship competition for the men’s team since 2001. Both teams were the #7 seeds in their respective NCAA tournament brackets.

In the individual singles and doubles championships hosted at Pauley from May 27 to May 29, Jamie Solomon PI ’13 from Los Gatos, California, will be representing the women’s team, and Soloman and Kara Wang ’13 (Saratoga, California) will be playing doubles. On the men’s side, Tommy Meyer ’12 from Bernville, Pennsylvania, will be competing in singles. Last year, Meyer finished the season ranked #21 in the nation in singles; he represented the West Region at the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships at Oberlin College and was named an NCAA Singles All-American.

In SCIAC, women’s tennis bested Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the title and five team members were honored with all-conference team placement. Number one singles and doubles player Solomon, her partner and number two singles player Wang, and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 were named to the All-SCIAC First Team. Nicole Holsted ’12 and Samantha Chao ’14 were selected to the All-SCIAC Second Team.

Men’s tennis landed in second in SCIAC after falling in the championships to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Meyer was named to the All-SCIAC First Team for the second consecutive year, and third overall all-conference selection. Chris Wiechart PI ’14 was also named to the All-SCIAC First Team and Frankie Alinson ’13 was selected to the Second Team, his second consecutive selection.

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